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Robertson Scholars Leadership Program

The Robertson Scholars Leadership Program is a merit-based scholarship at Duke University and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in the United States that invests in young leaders who strive to make transformational contributions to society.

The Program, established by Julian and the late Josie Robertson in 2000, provides an opportunity for selected undergraduate students to take advantage of the resources of two very highly regarded universities.

Although Robertson scholars enrol in only one of the two institutions, they have access to the classes and resources of both universities and live on the sister campus during the second term of their second year.

Julian Robertson generously offers a scholarship to one talented New Zealand undergradute student each year.


Applicants must: 

  • be entered for the Year 13 senior school examination (for example, NCEA Level 3, Cambridge exams, etc.) or equivalent senior school exam in the year of application.
  • be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident.
  • normally have completed their five years of secondary schooling in New Zealand.


The Program pays full tuition, room and board at Duke University or the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

In addition, support is provided for up to three summer experiences (including internships, research, and community service).

Opening date

1 August

Closing date

1 December (NZDT)

How to apply 

  1. Check your eligibility.
  2. Read the Regulations.
  3. Applications must be made online. A link to the online application form is here.

Decisions made

Late February